It was lovely to see all the children back at school this week. Many of the children have grown and were very excited to tell us all about their holidays.
There were a few tired looking children towards the end of the week, please try to get your children in bed early enough so that they are having the recommended 9 to 11 hours sleep.
Hats – there were many children in school this week who did not have a B.H.S sunhat. If your child has lost their hat please purchase them a new hat from the P.T.A office.
How the World Works
Central Idea: People explore the properties of materials to help them design and make.
Next week we will begin our final unit of inquiry for the school year. To start the unit children will be given opportunities to explore a variety of different materials. They will focus on what the object is made of as well as what the object is used for. Children will be asked to explain their thinking.
Next week in Maths we will focus on probability. The children will be given opportunities to identify familiar events involving chance and describe them using everyday language such as ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’.
At home please talk to your child about when something will, might or won’t happen. You could use these words with your children when talking about the weather, reading stories together or playing board games.
Mathletics: – There are now some more activities open. Please enjoy supporting your child with these tasks. If your child is not yet logging onto Mathletics independently please support them to do so.
Please help the children to complete the Mathletics tasks that have been assigned to your child. The children can also enjoy Maths Live and play other children live across the world.
Next week in reading we will focus on the strategy of inferring. Children will be encouraged to talk about what they can infer when they read.
Next week in writing we will be focusing on writing to inform. We will start by looking at the types of vocabulary and sentences used when writing non-fiction.
Unit 5 Phonics:
Certificates given out 8/4/19
1P – Cesar Chan and Adita Kumar
1L – Ho Lam Le
1W – Casey Chan
Certificates given out 29/4/19
1P – Casper Tsang
1L- Kathryn Leung
1W – Ashley Chan
There’s no need to pretend that teaching a child how to cook is an easy task — unless you’re a culinary instructor that does it for a living. It takes patience to teach a kid how to use a knife safely, how to wash fruits and vegetables properly, and how to follow a recipe without taking any shortcuts.
- Cooking together provides quality family time: Cooking time is a bonding time for parent and child. It often allows kids to relax and share what’s going on in their lives, even if they’re otherwise reticent to open up to a parent.
- Preparing food helps kids appreciate parents: It might seem sometimes that kids think meals come out of nowhere. Teaching a child how to cook helps them understand how much time and effort it takes for a parent to make a healthy, tasty meal for the family.
- Cooking expands their palates: When a child cooks a new food or dish on their own. they are more likely to eat it — or at least try it. They may not eat all of it. They may not eat any of it the first time you make it together. Over time, though, kids will get comfortable with the idea of new foods and, eventually, they will start to try them.
- Making a meal boosts confidence: When kids can say, “I made it myself,” they feel a sense of accomplishment. Even more, when other family members say they liked what the child cooked, he or she feels a sense of pride and achievement. That can lead to the child becoming more self-confident in other areas of their life, too.
5. Following a recipe teaches math: Cooking teaches kids everything from fractions to temperatures to geometry. Is a 1/2 cup bigger than 1/4 cup? What’s the difference between the temperature of baking versus broiling? What’s a 9×13 pan versus a 9×9 pan?
6. Understanding a recipe improves reading comprehension: Cooking is one of the best ways to show kids that reading offers tangible results. Following step-by-step instructions to get to a finished result is an important reading skill, and using that skill to cook shows a kid that reading has very practical benefits.
7. The process of cooking food demonstrates chemistry principles: Take, for example, the browning of marshmallows on top of brownies — it’s chemistry at a level that a child can understand.
8. Grocery shopping communicates where food comes from: Part of cooking is shopping. When you cook together, kids learn that pizza doesn’t have to come from a restaurant and spaghetti sauce doesn’t have to come from a jar. One of the easiest and most enjoyable things to cook with kids is bread. Many kids think bread is a raw ingredient, but just showing them that they can make bread in their own homes is a revelation You don’t even have to make it by hand. The act of adding ingredients to a bread machine and getting a loaf of delicious warm bread three hours later is enough to make an impression.
Happy Cooking! – Please email your child’s class teacher any photos of you and your child cooking a meal or baking in the kitchen!